Examine your face, legs, arms, hands, and feet for
Check to see whether your nerves are functioning
normally. This is usually done by tapping your elbow or knee with a small
rubber hammer. People with severe hypothyroidism often have slow reactions
(reflexes) when this is done.
thyroid gland to look for subtle changes in the way it
feels and see whether it is enlarged. These changes may help your health
professional determine the cause of the enlargement. A normal thyroid gland
does not rule out the presence of hypothyroidism.